As a comparison to the 2014 vintage of this wine, the 2015 Seña resulted in 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with now 12% of the wine matured in new Stockinger oak foudres and the rest in barrique for some 22 months. 2015 might have been a slightly warmer year, but the resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place. This vintage has half a degree less alcohol, and the acidity is a little more pungent; and, the amount of wine in foudre seems to help the oak to show better integrated. This is dry, nicely textured, and the replacement of the Merlot by Malbec seems to have also added to the refinement of the tannins that are super-elegant. 66,000 bottles were filled in February 2017. The price has not yet been set.
The percentage of Malbec in the blend of Seña, first introduced in 2012, keeps growing and seems to have provided fine and ripe tannins that add to the texture of the wine. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 96 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
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Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2017)
Seña is the joint venture between Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley and Eduardo Chadwick of Errázuriz, who dreamed of creating an iconic Chilean wine, that fully expresses the terroir of the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago. The word Seña means signal in Spanish, thus signalling their intention to showcase the first iconic Chilean wine.
Located on north-east facing hillsides in Aconcagua, only 40km from the Pacific, the wine is made according to biodynamic principles from a blend of classic Bordeaux red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and increasingly Carménère. Though the first wines were more Bordelais in style, Carménère has been added by varying proportion over time to give the wines a more distinct Chilean feel.
Launched in 1995, the 2001 Seña vintage was one of the two Chilean wines to take the top two places in the Berlin Wine Tasting of 2004, a blind tasting of iconic wines from France, Italy and Chile, judged by an international panel of experts.
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Prices are per case as listed 'in bond' (excluding duty paid and VAT).
Pre-Orders are a firm commitment to buy wines on release, as long as the release price sits within the upper and lower price bands set by you on the pre-order form. Pre-orders will be fulfilled subject to availability but providing this firm commitment to buy effectively gives you priority and is a good idea for the most desirable wines.
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- Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
- Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant Storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
- Other in bond deliveries are free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £1,000. Orders below this total will be charged at £16.50+ VAT when the wine invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchase from this offer, not a per-case charge. Please inform us of in bond delivery addresses and account details at the time of ordering.
- If the wines are required duty paid we will issue invoices at prevailing rate of duty and VAT when the wines arrive in the UK.
- The wines will become available by the end of the year and should be shipped very early next year.